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FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — Whether you have a child in the Marble Falls school district or not, officials hope you’ll take a look at two choices for the 2014-2015 school calendar and share your input.

“Last year, parents voiced their concerns about the calendar after it had already been adopted,” said Bruce Peckover, Marble Falls Independent School District spokesman. “This year, we want to make sure parents, staff and community members know they can have input into the calendar before it’s adopted.”

People can go to the district’s website at mfisd.ss3.sharpschool.com, scroll down under the “Latest News” listing and click on the calendar brief to look at the two calendar choices and take the survey.

Peckover explained the District Educational Improvement Committee, which is comprised of staff, administrators, parents and community members, developed the two calendars. But now, they would like to garner more input before making their final recommendation to the Marble Falls school board.

“This year, we’ve asked our parent reps (on the committee) to be more diligent in seeking out other parents’ input,” Peckover said. “It’s important to meet the academic needs of the students, but staff, community and parents’ input is considered, and we want to know what they think.”

The voting continues through Feb. 28.

District officials pointed out the Texas Education Agency sets many of the school calendar requirements, including the earliest start date (Aug. 25), the number of days of instruction, the number of days for instructional staff contract, the number of bad-weather make-up days and the number of early release days.

One of the biggest differences between the two proposed calendars is “A” sets the last day of class for May 29, 2015, while “B” sets it for June 4, 2015.

The breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas and spring are the same on both calendars.

Call (830) 693-4357 or go to the district’s website for more information.

editor@thepicayune.com